Economic and Entrepreneurial Development

Economic and Entrepreneurial Development projects and partnerships support the economic development of communities and their artists. Such projects and programs include arts-based cultural tourism activities (such as the support or development of studio art tours), and economic opportunities and training for artists (such as business training and market development).

This program will support activities undertaken by arts organizations, tourism groups, and community development foundations – especially projects in which these groups collaborate – designed to increase tourism or economic opportunities motivated entirely or in part by the arts-related offerings or skills of community or region. The program also supports projects that foster the entrepreneurial skills of artists to support their income-producing ability.

Projects whose primary purpose is the presentation of art or the development of artistic skills should apply in another category.

Economic and Entrepreneurial Development Eligibility Criteria:

  • The applicant must be a 501 (c) 3 organization though partners may include government entities, Indian tribal governments, or for-profit entities.
  • Projects must measure the impact of economic development on their community or region (through contract year reports).
  • Applicants to Economic and Entrepreneurial Development are limited to yearly maximum requests of $15,000.
  • Funding requests for Economic and Entrepreneurial Development must include a 50% match by the applicant organization, at least half of which must be cash. 

Note: Only one application per institution is allowed.